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Herbs E - H

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This information is not to be considered as medical advice. Always do your own research before ingesting any herb or plant material.

ECHINACEA

Is the most effective blood & lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom; its acts as a natural antibiotic and works like penicillin in the body with no side effects; aids in reducing fever, infections, bad breath & mucous buildup.

English Ivy

Dark green shade loving foliage, makes great ground cover, can be invasive but is easy to control under a tree or large open area. Drought tolerant

EUPHRASIA (euphrasia officinalis)

Euphrasia (euphrasia officinalis) or eyebright is an herb the name of which comes from the Greek word euphrosyne which means “gladness.” Euphrasia has been used for centuries for various eye problems. It is also used topically, mixed with other herbs to treat conjunctivitis and other inflammations or as an eyewash.

Flowering Quince

Deciduous spring blooming shrub, found mostly in coral color but also comes in white, pink and red, blooms best in sun, responds to pruning

FO TI (polygonum multiflorum)

The part of this plant used is its root. Fo Ti is second only to ginseng in traditional Chinese medicine. Fo Ti, according to Chinese legend, was used by a 58 year old man who ate it and then fathered many children. It has been used to tread colic, enteritis or the inflammation of the intestines, gout and hemorrhoids. Research is being done on its use to lower cholesterol and to aid in the acceptance of organ transplants.

Forsythia

Blooms yellow in spring on bare arching branches, does well in sun to part shade, roots in water

French Hollyhock (Mallow family)

Grows up to 3’, space about 12” apart, likes sun to partial shade, seeds back readily and is also known as a perennial. Small purple to lavender flowers all up and down the spike that can be used in salads.

GARLIC (allium sativum)

Garlic cloves have been used for thousands of years and their use has been recorded in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Japan, India, Russia and Europe. Garlic was dedicated by Roman soldiers to Mars, their god of war. It has been used to ward off demons. It has been known as “Russian penicillin” and has been used to treat ear infections, cholera and typhus. Known as a natural anti-biotic, garlic was used during both world wars to disinfect wounds. This anti-oxidant is also believed to help lower cholesterol. Garlic contains an antimicrobial agent known as allicin and can easily be added to many foods. Research is now being done on the treatment of cancers with garlic.

GINGER (zangiber officinale)

The rhizome of ginger is used not only as a flavoring for drinks like ginger ale but has also been used as an herbal remedy for asthma and coughs related to inflammation or allergies. There are over 80 species of ginger, historically found in China, Japan, Australia and Hawaii. Ginger has been used to treat nausea, indigestion, cramps, migraine headaches and to lower blood cholesterol and as a cleanser.

GINSENG (panax ginseng)

“All healing.” In the Ginseng family there are American, Korean, Chinese and Siberian ginsengs. A Chinese text dating from the First Century A.D. describes ginseng as “enlightening to the mind and increasing the wisdom.” Russian folklore promotes ginseng as a stimulant and immunity booster. Ginseng is believed to enhance physical and mental endurance, increase energy, reduce cholesterol, to support adrenal function, to reduce stress and regulate blood sugar.

Goldstrum Rudbeckia

Black eyed susan type bloom 3-5”, grows in clumps and is great to use in a bed or naturalize in a meadow, drought tolerant

GOTU KOLA (hydrocotyle asiatica or centella asiatica)

The whole gotu kola plant has been widely used in India and Fiji to treat skin inflammations, to improve blood circulation, to aid in the treatment of bloating, congestion and depression. A Sinhalese proverb says “Two leaves a day keep old age away.”

HAWTHORNE BERRIES (crataegus oxyacantha)

The parts of the Hawthorne tree used are its flowers, leaves and berries. Rich in bioflavonoids, hawthorne berries have been used for thousands of years in China to treat indigestion and is widely known as a diuretic. Since the 17th century, hawthorne has been used to treat various heart conditions and today is believed to lower blood pressure.

HYSSOP

Regulates blood pressure, purifies the blood & promotes circulation, excellent aid for the eyes, hoarseness, lungs, mucous buildup, nervous disorders and skin problems.

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